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June 11, 2008 - Press Release
HKI co-authors report on progress and lessons learned with vitamin A supplementation, Drops of Life: Vitamin A Supplementation for Child Survival.

Dakar, Senegal –West and Central Africa is home to 10% of the world’s population of children under five years old; however, over 25% of the world’s child deaths (2.9 million child deaths annually) occur in this region. Research shows that in areas where vitamin A deficiency is prevalent, child mortality is reduced by an average 23% following vitamin A interventions. In West and Central Africa, bi-annual high-dose vitamin A supplementation (VAS) of children 6-59 months old is considered the most feasible, affordable and effective strategy to control vitamin A deficiency in the short and medium term.


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